San Francisco Giants

Three Giants win National League Gold Glove awards

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey reacts during the ninth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey reacts during the ninth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. AP

The Giants didn’t take home the World Series trophy this season, but three players came away with some postseason hardware.

Catcher Buster Posey, shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Joe Panik were named National League Gold Glove winners on Tuesday afternoon, giving the Giants a major-league high for the award this season.

The winners were selected based on statistics and votes from team managers and coaches.

Posey becomes the first N.L. catcher to win a Gold Glove other than Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals since 2007, when Russell Martin of the Dodgers was the top-fielding catcher. Molina, whose defensive numbers declined, had his run of Gold Glove wins end at eight.

Crawford beat finalists Addison Russell of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs and Freddy Galvis of the Philadelphia Phillies for his second consecutive Gold Glove at shortstop.

Crawford’s double-play infield partner Joe Panik became the first Giants second baseman to win a Gold Glove since Robby Thompson in 1993. They are only the 11th double-play infield combination to win the award in the same season.

Posey, Crawford and Panik are also the Giants’ first Gold Glove trio since outfielders Barry Bonds and Darren Lewis and third baseman Matt Williams accomplished the feat in 1994.

The Giants set a franchise high in 1993 with Bonds, Thompson, Williams and catcher Kirt Manwaring receiving Gold Glove awards.

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